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27 Apr 2012
Ok, so! I've had my period for 2 years and it's gotten pretty heavy! I'm only 12! I don't want to use tampons....It'll make me feel uncomforable. How do I keep the flow not so heavy?
Posted on 27 Apr 2012
Have you considered going on birth control? It helps regulate your period
Adding to what marie said, yes you can take it, although you may want to have your parents talk to your doctor and they'll see what is absolutely best. Till then, really, there's no way to regulate how heavy or light the flow is. Using pads and changing them often is the best way, annoying , yes, but it'll have to suffice.
Birth control is not something you should misuse. You are 12 years old and I really see absolutely no reason to start fiddling with the hormones, as your body already has work to do to get used to the fact that you are becoming a woman. I would definitely advise having an honest conversation with your mom/someone mature you can talk to and/or going to the doctor. There might be another, less radical way out of it?
About the tampons, how do you know they will make you feel uncomfortable? It is of course your choice but in my personal opinion tampons are the most efficient way of sorting the issue out discretely.
Posted on 28 Apr 2012
If you don't feel comfortable with tampons don't worry, you don't have to use them. Look for pads that are designed for heavy flow and change them every few hours throughout the day. At night your flow will naturally slow down a bit and you can also buy pads designed for overnight use. Sometimes pads (especially the heavier flow ones) can feel a bit diaper-like and you may feel as if it is noticeable that you are wearing one--trust me, no one can tell. I don't know of any ways off hand that you can lessen your flow naturally (it may slow down over time). The best thing you can do is to talk with your doctor about this. He/she may be able to suggest some things to try. Birth control is the only method I know of for lessening the flow of your period but I agree that unless your doctor feels your heavy flow is a major concern it is probably better not to go this route. Since you are twelve you may need to talk to your mom about this so that she can take you to see a doctor. I understand that this may be uncomfortable, I would suggest just mentioning to your mom that you are worried because your periods seem to be fairly bad and ask if she can take you to see the doctor (you should be able to request a female practitioner at your doctor's office if this will make you feel more comfortable).
I started the same, it will change over time and vary. I started with tampons when I turned 15, and I was scared at first! BUT you feel NOTHING afterwards. It doesn't bother you at all, you don't feel it as long as you put it properly. It helps a lot specially with heavy flows, however I change to pads when it's not as heavy and I also use pads when sleeping :) Don't feel pressured, just use what you're comfortable with.
Posted on 29 Apr 2012
I have never been comfortable using tampons and I never have used them. There has actually been medical evidence that they can cause infections in some women since bacteria can get stuck in your uterus when you're wearing a tampon. When I first started my period when I was 13, my flow was heavy and I had terrible cramps. However, as I got a little older, my flow became lighter and my cramps less painful. Until then, I used overnight pads even during the day (they are thicker and more absorbant). Later, when I turned 18, I started the Pill when my boyfriend and I became sexually active. The Pill COMPLETELY got rid of my cramps, lessened my flow a great deal, shortened my periods, and even made my cycles more predictable! My nurse practitioner told me that many girls choose the Pill to help with an extremely heavy flow. Maybe, if your parents are okay with it, you could look into getting on the Pill. I promise that it helps a ton :)
Posted on 30 Apr 2012
i got mine at 11 and mine was just the same but now its very light and it only lasts for like 4 days so just give it time :) And ik i hate tampons they are so uncomfortable but i have gotten used to them lol
you can't really regulate your flow at your young age. and it is ok not to use tampons. and tampons only cause infections if you leave them in for more than about 5 hours. I didn't start using tampons til I was 18 because they were uncomfortable but now I don't even feel them. Stick with pads and manage with the flows, in the future the flows can lighten up. By the age of 16 or older, if your periods still are very heavy, talk to your mom about birth control to regulate periods. hope this helps! XOXO
Posted on 24 Jul 2012
I feel for you I am in exactly the same situation I am your age and have the same problem expcept I do wear tampons and I dont feel anything. I have been looking this question up all over the internet. I heard that eating fruits and vegtables can help. Also things that I have been trying which seem to be slowing it down a little bit are drinking 8 bottles of water a day and 2 advil every 5 hours helped a little bit. I read on the internet that exercising can help but to me I think it makes it worse.
WOuld I be able to take that?
Depending on where u live, u may be able to go to a health department or doctor's office and u could possibly get them free. U should ask ur mom about it if u want to consider it.
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